The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North, of the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota is now accepting applications for the fourth annual "Art from Within" exhibit, slated for April 2013. The Art from Within show features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people whose civil liberties, protected under the Bill of Rights, have been challenged. Artists relate to the art show both literally (art produced within the prison) or metaphorically. Past exhibits highlighted the works by Ojibwe artists as well as individuals impacted by incarceration.

Now in its fourth year, Art from Within provides an important venue for American Indians as well as non-Natives who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, to express their lived experiences through the medium of art. This year's theme focuses on artists' feelings and understandings about what the Bill of Rights means to them. First Amendment freedom of expression is guaranteed for all who reside in the United States, regardless of their civil status. Art is another way that those whose voices are often suppressed can find an audience.

The call for entries is open to emerging or established artists. American Indians from Minnesotan tribes are strongly encouraged to submit entries, as well as youth from northern Minnesota. Applications are due by March 5th, 2013. The opening reception will take place on April 5th, 2013 at the Headwaters School of Music, Bemidji. The exhibit will run from April 5th through April 27th. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and expanding individual rights and personal freedom. The ACLU is the nation's foremost guardian of liberty. The ACLU-MN fights to protect civil liberties of Minnesotans through litigation, public education, and lobbying. The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North provides public education regarding racial justice issues through community outreach, court-monitoring, and intake services.

Fill out an application to be a part of the show today! Applications are due March 5.

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